blend

verb
\ˈblend \
blended also blent\ˈblent \; blending

Definition of blend 

(Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : mix especially : to combine or associate so that the separate constituents or the line of demarcation cannot be distinguished

2 : to prepare by thoroughly intermingling different varieties or grades

intransitive verb

1a : to mingle intimately or unobtrusively

b : to combine into an integrated whole

2 : to produce a harmonious effect

blend

noun

Definition of blend (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : something produced by blending: such as

a : a product prepared by blending

b : a word (such as brunch) produced by combining other words or parts of words

2 : a group of two or more consecutive consonants that begin a syllable

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Other Words from blend

Verb

blendable \ˈblen-də-bəl \ adjective

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Verb

mix, mingle, commingle, blend, merge, coalesce, amalgamate, fuse mean to combine into a more or less uniform whole. mix may or may not imply loss of each element's identity. mix the salad greens mix a drink mingle usually suggests that the elements are still somewhat distinguishable or separately active. fear mingled with anticipation in my mind commingle implies a closer or more thorough mingling. a sense of duty commingled with a fierce pride drove her blend implies that the elements as such disappear in the resulting mixture. blended several teas to create a balanced flavor merge suggests a combining in which one or more elements are lost in the whole. in his mind reality and fantasy merged coalesce implies an affinity in the merging elements and usually a resulting organic unity. telling details that coalesce into a striking portrait amalgamate implies the forming of a close union without complete loss of individual identities. refugees who were readily amalgamated into the community fuse stresses oneness and indissolubility of the resulting product. a building in which modernism and classicism are fused

Examples of blend in a Sentence

Verb

The music blends traditional and modern melodies. She blends psychology and crime in her new novel.

Noun

a blend of cream and eggs a blend of traditional and modern melodies
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All three pressed powders are densely packed in the pan, making the finish gorgeously creamy and a dream to blend. refinery29.com, "Charlotte Tilbury's Sold-Out Gold Highlighter Is Back — & Even Better," 2 July 2018 Chef Timothy Witcher, a culinary arts teacher at Camden County Technical School and winner of Food Network's 'Chopped,' joins Good Day to blend grilling and breakfast together for Father's Day. Kaila Contreras, Houston Chronicle, "Kingwood resident to appear on Food Network’s “Chopped Grill Masters” next month," 13 July 2018 The artist, who already has installed works in the downtowns of Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood, and Lake Worth, seeks to blend surrealism and photo realism. Anne Geggis, Sun-Sentinel.com, "More public art projects to add pizzazz in Pompano Beach," 5 July 2018 Available at retailers nationwide this month ($9.99 for an 8-ounce jar), the powder is also Paleo-certified and perfect for shaking atop oats, blending in smoothies and beverages, or baking into almost anything. Celestina Blok, star-telegram, "Restaurant news: South Main grows, Sundance gets Funky and Waterside goes coastal," 5 July 2018 But less ambitious designs could help blend the two separate displays together on dual-screen devices in the near term. Tom Warren, The Verge, "Microsoft has been dreaming of a pocketable dual-screen Surface device for years," 2 July 2018 Frozen Unicorn Drink: The frappe-style drink is crafted from vanilla, raspberry syrup, whole milk and ice, blended and then topped with vanilla bean marshmallow whip, cotton candy bits and cotton candy. Kellie Hwang, azcentral, "6 places for over-the-top, Instagram-worthy unicorn treats in Phoenix," 11 July 2018 Beijing has taken a comprehensive approach, blending trade and investment deals and cultural exchanges with arms sales, medical assistance, troops training, anti-piracy drills and other programs. Lina Benabdallah, Washington Post, "China-Africa military ties have deepened. Here are 4 things to know.," 6 July 2018 The universalist message in Pitbull’s between song interludes carried over into the motley mix that makes up his genre blending music. Dan Deluca, Philly.com, "Pitbull lights up the Ben Franklin Parkway on the 4th of July," 4 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The police operation marked the beginning of the end for York, a pseudo-religious leader who eluded justice for decades while amassing a nationwide following for his bizarre blend of religion, mysticism and claims about alien life. Christine Pelisek, PEOPLE.com, "The Story Behind a Black Supremacist Cult That Lived in Egyptian-Themed Compound in Rural Georgia," 6 July 2018 The Zoleckis, of New Lenox, make their own sweet and savory rubs and favor a variety of woods for their authentic blend of Texas- and Kansas City-style barbecue. Vickie Snow Jurkowski, Daily Southtown, "Will County Forest Preserves on a roll with Food Truck Friday," 5 July 2018 Seven spice can be purchased at Middle Eastern markets, or make your own blend by creating a mixture of paprika, black pepper, cumin, cinnamon, cloves, coriander, cardamom, nutmeg or allspice based on personal preferences. Claire Perez, Sun-Sentinel.com, "What is baharat Arabic spice blend?," 29 June 2018 Unrivalled in their blend of American soul, blues, rock and country, the 12-member Tedeschi Trucks Band, led by the husband and wife team of guitarist Derek Trucks and vocalist/guitarist Susan Tedeschi, offers a one-of-a-kind musical experience. Cincinnati.com, "Win Tickets to the Tedeschi Trucks Band," 27 June 2018 Then there’s the performance of the endlessly clever score, with its blend of rustic German music hall and glossy Broadway sounds. Daryl H. Miller, latimes.com, "The world is ending, so come to the 'Cabaret'," 15 June 2018 But spicy enough with its jalapeño-serrano-onion blend to make up for some flaws. Robert Philpot, star-telegram, "So — how are the burgers at #IHOb, anyway?," 14 June 2018 And anyone can make their own botanical blend, sprinkling in citrus notes or spicy notes or notes straight out of a Hogwarts potions class (hello, wormwood). Elise Taylor, Vogue, "How Gin Bounced Back From Decades of Decline to Become London’s Latest It Drink," 11 June 2018 Dark Matter Coffee's musical wing, Press Pot Recordings, is releasing a cassette version of the album, paired with the roaster's June version of its Datura Inoxia coffee blend. Leor Galil, Chicago Reader, "Goth doesn’t age, but DJ Scary Lady Sarah’s Nocturna party is turning 30," 5 June 2018

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First Known Use of blend

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

1883, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for blend

Verb

Middle English, probably from Old Norse blend-, present stem of blanda to mix; akin to Old English blandan to mix, Lithuanian blandus impure, cloudy

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Phrases Related to blend

blend in

blend into

blend well

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More Definitions for blend

blend

verb

English Language Learners Definition of blend

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to mix (things) thoroughly and usually with good results

: to exist together as a combination

blend

noun

English Language Learners Definition of blend (Entry 2 of 2)

: something produced by mixing or combining different things

blend

verb
\ˈblend \
blended; blending

Kids Definition of blend

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to mix so completely that the separate things mixed cannot be told apart

2 : to exist agreeably with each other She chose soft colors that blend well.

blend in

: to look like part of something He tried to blend in with the group.

blend

noun

Kids Definition of blend (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a thorough mixture : a product made by blending

2 : a word formed by combining parts of two or more other words so that they overlap The word “smog” is a blend of “smoke” and “fog.”

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